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Nathaniel Holcomb


Nathaniel Holcomb is a senior quarterback at Puyallup High School and is the male recipient of October’s Student Spotlight. 


Holcomb competes in football, basketball and is thinking about baseball for his last high school spring season. Most recently known for his record breaking 10 touchdown game last month, Holcomb has been playing tackle football since first grade with the Puyallup Roughriders. Holcomb explained that he has grown up with the majority of his teammates, which is something that has helped them click as a unit this year.


“I have my best friends on the field with me,” Holcomb said. “This summer we threw the ball every single day, it helped me on my accuracy and I got more comfortable with my receivers and where their bodies were.”

One of four captains on the team, Holcomb explained that he has grown up with the majority of his teammates, which is something that has helped them click as a unit this year. Holcomb says he has always been proud to be a Viking, but this year especially. 

“I’ve played sports forever, but this team is the true definition of a team,” he said. “Everyone is in the boat together, I wouldn’t play for anyone else.”

Coach Ray Brassard described Holcomb as competitive, humble and courageous. 

“Nathaniel is one of those athletes that is committed to refining his craft,” Brassard said. “He is always working to be a better teammate, leader and quarterback...As incredible as he is on the field, he is also a man of integrity and character off the field.”

With a Dad who played sports himself and taught Nathaniel and his brothers, Holcomb talked about how sports have taught him life lessons from a young age. 

“Life is competitive and sports are a good way to learn how to work through the adversity,” he said. “Also I’ve made so many friends playing sports, that’s why I think everyone should play at some point in their lives.”

Holcomb has enjoyed taking sports medicine classes but is planning on a business degree post-graduation at a four year institution. For now, he’s focused on being a college student first, and a college athlete second. 

“If it comes up, I will.”

Lorena Ramirez


Lorena Ramirez is a sophomore at Walla Walla High School and is the female recipient of October’s Student Spotlight.


Ramirez is a stand-out forward on Walla Walla’s girls’ soccer team and is a key member in the Blue Devils' resurgence after going almost three years without a win. She has contributed to the team’s upswing of success by delivering back-to-back hat trick performances so far this season. She noted that the team’s first win – all of the excitement, hard work and long awaited recognition – has been her favorite moment in high school thus far.
Coach Dana Evans describes Ramirez as “one of a kind.”

“I haven’t seen a player, or person for that matter, quite like her in my 10 years of coaching or in my prior 16 years of playing soccer,” Evans said. 

“Tactically, Lorena has a very mature touch for someone her age. She can play with the ball at her feet the way most people can only do with their hands.”

Proudly wearing No. 16, Ramirez has been playing competitive ball since the age of 10. She enjoys playing for Walla Walla because she has the opportunity to bring recognition to a program that has struggled as of late. Now that the team has posted a couple of wins, Ramirez is excited because the student body is finally catching on.

“Girls soccer…we’re always underestimated so it feels really good to get some recognition and support from everyone,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez enjoys team dinners, birthdays and recovery days, but chooses to go solo when getting pumped up for games.

“Before a game I don’t do anything with the team," she said. "I kind of get serious and quiet and really start to think about what I want to work on while I’m out on the field.”

Looking ahead, Ramirez has a strong desire to attend college on an athletic scholarship – ultimately playing soccer at the next level. She is currently part of an in-school academic program at Walla Walla called A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Independent Determination) which helps prepare students for college and life post-graduation.


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